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of libya. >>> on the border. a rare look at the daily game of cat and mouse that the u.s. is fighting against drug smugglers. >>> "america at the crossroads." tonight why america's losing some of the best and brightest and how to keep them here. >>> and tired of it all. alarming news about a problem that impairs our economy, our health, our jobs, actually puts us in danger. health, our jobs, actually puts us in danger. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the president of the united states is now on record. the longtime libyan leader needs to leave and change must now come to libya. this is how the president put it at the white house today. >> let me just be very unambiguous about this. colonel gadhafi needs to step down from power and leave. that is good for his country. it is good for his people. it's the right thing to do. >> of course, that brings us to the question about how to do that, how to finish what the libyan uprising has started. there's growing support for a so-called no-fly zone, but the defense secretary continues t
't dictators use the power of the internet the way the rebels do? we have the authority on dictators and data is my guest this week plus the ipad at work. employees want it. enterprise resists. reporters from "the financial times" and bbc this week on "press: here." >> my first guest is one of the few experts in that strange intersection between politics and the internet. a dictator, disaffected public and facebook all meet. it's been a lousy start to the year if you're a dictator. a spring of discontent in egypt where a google exec used facebook to rally a revolution to tunisia, jordan, algiers and of course bloody libya. in each case egypt especially the press credited twitter and facebook located a world away in northern california as the primary tool for revolutionaries. in egypt especially that seems to be correct. >> it would take you weeks if not months to identify who is connected to each other. >> the author published a book about a scenario just weeks before all hell broke loose in the middle east. called "the net delusion" it exams the role of internet in uprising. you are a visiti
news on the bear area at 6:00. we'll see you then. lt by u.s. warplanes intensifies. a defiant gadhafi warns of a crusader war and vows to fight back. crusader war and vows to fight back. tonight, what is the endgame? captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, everyone. the pentagon tonight says the allied assault on libya's military has inflicted heavy damage on moammar gadhafi's forces and grounded his combat planes. that assault, which we now know is being led by american warplanes, including long-range stealth bombers, has targeted both libya's air defenses and ground troops in an effort to halt gadhafi's attacks on anti-government rebels. but coalition officials insist gadhafi himself is not a target. tonight, as anti-aircraft fire lit up the skies over tripoli, libya's military command order claimed again it wasrding its units to observe is i cease-fire, a claim western forces are skeptical of. we begin tonight with jim miklaszewski. jim? >> reporter: lester, there's only been one full day of american and coalition air strikes against libya, but senior u.s. m
launched by the u.s. and other countries. president obama again making the case for why the u.s. went in, but how does it end? >>> in japan, the disaster deepens with new problems at the nuclear plant. there are new fears about food safety and an american family has received the worst possible news about their daughter. our teams are on the ground. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. in addition to two wars on two other fronts, the united states military tonight is engaged against libya. the attacks are in the form of air strikes. 32 of them in just the last 24 hours. about half now being carried out by u.s. aircraft. and there have been 136 cruise missiles launched. only eight of them by british armed forces. the rest launched by the u.s. they have hit targets up and down the libyan coastline, mostly aimed at libyan defenses, so the coalition aircraft can begin enforcing that no-fly zone over a larger portion of the country. the united states says moammar gadhafi is not a target personally, but president obama says the u.s. acted in
>>> on the broadcast tonight, sending weapons. tonight the prospect of u.s. weapons in the hands of libya's rebel forces. the president says he won't rule it out, so our own richard engel goes inside those rebel forces for a closer look. >>> radiation fears. the nuclear crisis in japan has a lot of people asking could it happen here, and would warning systems work if it did? >>> price check. a new drug to help prevent premature babies, but at what cost for those who need it? >>> and the close call for an american president 30 years ago tonight. what we didn't know until now. >>> also here tonight, the first-ever view of a neighbor of ours. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. right about now during these past few days across our country, people are watching this unfolding situation in libya. the rebels versus gadhafi. americans have heard president obama defending the u.s. air campaign he ordered, sending our service members to fight a third concurrent conflict far from home. in our conversation with the president yesterday, h
>>> good morning, attack on libya. u.s. and allied forces strike libya with cruise missiles >>> good morning. attack on libya. u.s. and allied forces strike libya with cruise missiles and fighter jets and a show of force against gadhafi. now american stealth bombers have enter the fight. >> we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells his people there will be no mercy. >> defiance. the libyan dictator digs in, calling the coalition operation terrorism and warning it could ignite a crusader war. >>> and miracle rescue. nine days after the earthquake that devastated japan, two survivors are saved from the rubble. today is sunday march 20th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a sunday. i'm lester holt. >> i'm jenna wolf. breaking news out of libya today where the assault on gadhafi intensifies. >> this morning a senior pentagon official says three american b-2 stealth bombers have been used dropping bottoms in a libyan airfield. american pilots are takin
>>> on the broadcast tonight, closing in on gadhafi. there's talk of u.s. military options against him. and now for hordes of people, now's the time to get out of there. >>> a collision course in wisconsin with time running out. tonight, is there a deal to end the standoff? >>> america at the crossroads. all week long our reports here on america's changing economy. tonight, are we keeping up in the search for the next big thing? >>> and the winner is -- the good, the bad and the ugly at this year's oscars. and the amazing story behind the man behind the best picture. and the amazing story behind the man behind the best picture. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. the situation in libya is now a lot more serious where the u.s. is concerned. u.s. navy ships are being readied for a number of possible options here including possibly enforcing a no-fly zone. moammar gadhafi spoke again today on two television networks an interview the u.s. immediately called delusional. all this time the forces against him are closing in. we begin t
, fighting on the ground and western attacks from the air, and we talk to the u.s. general in charge. >>> under control. a new breed of air traffic controllers taking over with fresh questions about safety still in the air. >>> and hanging tough. brave new worries about the crippled nuclear plant, but we find survivors of the japanese disaster giving everyone a lesson in resilience. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. i'm lester holt in tonight for brian williams. for a seventh straight day the u.s. and its allies bombarded targets in libya, still trying to break the back of moammar gadhafi's assault on rebel-held cities. the u.s. for its part says it's prepared to take a back seat, but exactly what the ultimate goal is and even who's in charge of this operation are still somewhat ill defined tonight. nato says it plans to take full command, but is still seeking consensus on a military strategy. in a moment we'll hear from the general in charge of u.s. forces there, but first to the ground where rebels are taking their own fight
california makes a fewer variety of things than it used to. remember, fliker and tumbler and twitter don't make anything. neither does facebook or google. there's nothing to be loaded on trucks, no hardware. it turns out hardware start-ups are having a hard time of it lately. entrepreneurs who build aren't getting funding the way dotcoms are. build a better mousetrap or robot, and the venture capitalists do not necessarily beat a path to your door. >> and so it gives you a neato feeling. >> for max, who's taking the technology found in those self--driving cars and turning it into robot vacuum cleaners, it means fewer dollars for research, production and marketing. max is the ceo of neat-robotic, years of experience in hardware. joined by kim mcnicklaus of forbes and jon swartz of "usa today." you build this thing which we don't have on the show very often. oftentimes, tell me about your social network, how are you using twitter to -- you actually build a thing which goes in a cardboard box and gets put on a truck, which is somewhat rare these days. >> that's correct. yeah. the concept of
evening to our viewers joining us in the west. while the japanese deal with a staggering humanitarian crisis, they are now engaging in a last-resort effort to stop perhaps multiple meltdowns at nuclear reactors. and today president obama had to reassure the american public especially those along the west coast, that these fears of some sort of radioactive cloud coming across the pacific just aren't true. here now the latest on the disaster in japan. desperate measures now under way to lessen the nuclear disaster. while tonight japanese officials are saying they have rare good news of some levels stabilizing, late today we got the first look at the reactors close up. this new video of a helicopter fly-over showing the destruction. then there are the numbers. just under 5700 dead, just under 10,000 missing and over three-quarters of a million people surviving without electricity in near freezing cold. thousands of people, including americans, continue to flee japan. we want to get the very it latest now and begin our reporting with nbc's robert bazell in tokyo. bob, good evening. >> rep
here in new york, president obama sat down to talk with us about the dangerous situation in libya and that entire region of the world. we asked him about the speech to the nation he delivered last night, the dangers of u.s. military involvement, while already fighting two other wars, and the precedent this may set in other nations. and the fact that this may not go quite as the u.s. and nato have planned. notably, as you're about to hear, the president left open the possibility of arming the rebels who are in the fight against gadhafi in libya. and here now a portion of our conversation with the president at this time of high stakes overseas. the moment your speech ended last night, the associated press put out an item that read, president obama's speech was about defending the first war launched on his watch. how does it end? >> well, first of all, i think it's important to note that we've had two wars on my watch. one which we've wound down and we do not have combat operations in iraq any more. afghanistan, obviously, is still a tough fight. and that weighs heavily on me in maki
>>> on the broadcast tonight, who's in charge? is the u.s. about to hand over control of the attack on libya? and tonight what may be the next nation to go in that region. >>> changing face. a major milestone tonight for a growing group of americans. >>> asleep in the tower. two jets needing to land in washington can't raise an air traffic controller, and now we know why. >>> and making a difference, for the struggling people of japan. nbc news with americans on a mission to provide critical relief. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. it has turned into a big military effort, bombs and cruise missiles have been raining down on libya, and it could get even bigger and the stakes are high. it's been a mostly u.s. run air campaign thus far, but tonight a change is coming. a hand-over to nato for the supervision of this strike. even though the pentagon warned libya today, quote, we will continue to hit you, the u.s. is anxious to shift some of this to somebody else. and just as there have been new and loud explosions in tripoli this
>> thank you very much for joining us. >> for the first time since the earthquake and the tsunami devastated north eastern japan, american nuclear energy leaders are taking a different position regarding the safe of japan's crippled nuclear plant. >> the white house warned u.s. citizens to clear the area 50 miles around the plant. japan is just advising a 20-mile evacuation. the state department is telling citizens to rely on the united states for updates. nbc's bay area is tracking the effort to stop a nuclear meltdown. >> reporter: we are monitoring all the information coming and it is hard to make sense of all this. what we do know is that right now in the last hour, the focus has shifted to a reactor at that daiichi nuclear plant. that's one thing we're watching. we're watching the advisory for american to get a little farther away from that plant than was originally recommended. now, the japanese government did double the number of workers they're sending in, trying to find out what's happening within the plant. they are working by flashlight. they are pumping sea water in to
't address in '75. >> reporter: walker showed us these photos from 1975. you see the debris left behind from a home that slid down the hill during a landslide them. walker says he didn't know about the landslide threat before moving in. san pablo city officials are declaring a state of emergency on yellow-tagged homes on wyman and hillcrest streets. the cleanup is going to cost thousands of dollars. money the city says it doesn't have. >> i don't know what the costs of this repair could be, but the reserves that we do have, if we try to use those to fix this repair would most likely threaten the future of the city going forward. >> reporter: a small santa cruz city is experiencing a similar problem. the question for capitola officials, who's going to pay for damage after a drainage pipe burst and septembernt a wall of and mud through a beach town. >> we haven't figured out the insurance point at this point. right now it's out of the emergency fund. >> reporter: but that $650,000 emergency fund won't be nearly enough to get things back to normal. now, there's a similar situation going on just
the u.s. will now lead military action to stop gadhafi's brutal crackdown. and in japan, the nuclear crisis goes up a notch, increased to a higher alert level. what will it take to cool down those reactors and prevent a nuclear meltdown. our teams are on the ground across the world and "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> a special good evening to our viewer in the west tonight. tonight we have to take you on something of a tour of the world to cover the overwhelming amount of news going on. and while we have been focused on the disaster in japan, where the nuclear alert level actually went up a notch today, while it's been going on for exactly a week tonight, instead we must begin tonight back in libya. today president obama announced that on top of the twor wars we're fighting, the u.s. will now take the lead on possible military action in libya. the u.n. approved it last night. it started out as a no-fly zone but has grown into something perhaps bigger. a nato ultimatum of gadhafi of libya that the president says is non-negotiable. gadhafi d
to themselves, to try to prevent another catastrophe in this country. brian? >> bob bazell starting us off in tokyo tonight. thanks. >>> this nuclear crisis just one prong of what japan is dealing with. this is just day five since the 9.0 earthquake, the fifth largest in recorded history. and the tsunami that followed. some facts that bear repeating, japan is about 10% smaller than california. this graphic shows the area of the country affected by moderate to severe shaking in the quake. here's the surface area we believe that was covered by water in the tsunami. the recovery hasn't even started in some places, where it's just rubble. the suffering goes on daily, and then the earth shook again violently today. nbc's lester holt today is in yamagata. lester, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening. we've chosen to give a wider berth of the exclusion zone around the plant, which is why we are now in the mountains west of sendai. with each bit of troubling news from the nuclear plant, the anxiety and fear ratchets up across this region. a lot of people fear they are not getting the str
on nbc bay area news. >> good evening, and thank you for joining us, i'm raj mathai. >> and jessica aguirre. and now to video just into the newsroom. growing like weed, literally. an explosion of pot clubs has san jose officials tonight scrambling to clamp down of medical marijuana dispensaries and their solution may be to snuff out pot clubs altogether. nbc bay area's reporter is live in san jose with breaking developments in this story. elise? >> reporter: yeah, jessica, one city council member that we spoke to tonight said all of the pot clubs are putting a major strain. everything from simple loitering calls to armed robbery and he says one remedy may be slashing 90 clubs to just ten. >> several us are proposing a way to put the genie back in the bottle. >> reporter: with more than 100 cannabis clubs now operating throughout san jose the city may be trying to get a grip on the growing business by only allowing ten dispensaries to operate. >> and we recognize there's been a lot of impacts in neighborhoods and commercial districts from all that pot. >> reporter: in an nbc bay area
at 6:00. >>> target libya, the first u.s. and coalition military strikes on gadhafi's forces are under way. >> we cannot stand idly by when a tyrant tells this people that there will be no mercy. >>> american cruise missiles and french fighter jets attack libyan targets. the broadest military effort since the invasion of iraq began eight years ago today. >> plus, disaster in japan, progress on the crippled nuclear reactor, but new concerns about the safety of food in that country. >> from nbc news world head quarters in new york, this is "nbc news with lester holt". >> good evening u.s. war ships opened fire on libya's air defenses tonight. part of protecting libyan civilians from moammar gadhafi. following air strikes by french fighter jets, u.s. and british naval vessels launched 110 tomahawk cruise missiles aimed at 20 tar guess along libyan's coast. president obama stressed it would not involve u.s. ground troops. the strike comes two days after the u.n. security council okayed the establishment of a no fly zone over libya. we have all fronts covered. we want to start with jim mace
news tonight for some of the largest cities in america, and what it says about all of us. >>> and "making a difference." a woman on a mission to fight the battle of the bulge, one entire town at a time. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening, with cruise missiles and air strikes reigning down on his country, moammar gadhafi has not only survived any of the strikes that might have landed near him, tonight he appeared on libyan tv in front of a crowd of supporters in tripoli, vowing to be victorious in the end. the u.s. lost a jet there today, an older fighter jet, mechanical failure they say, and not a shootdown. both pilots are okay. but it could have ended much differently. and in the beginning stages still of this so far u.s.-led attack, a lot of people are wondering how this ends. we begin tonight with our pentagon correspondent jim miklaszewski. jim, good evening? >> reporter: good evening, brian. for american air crews, this is about as tense as it gets. and it took more than 12 hours to safely recover both of the do
until maybe tomorrow. now, crews are surveying the ing us now byma joining us now by phone is one of the residents in this area, pattdavis. she is in along meadow nepa, s y made doe lane. s patty, can you hear us? >> caller: yes, i can. >> tell us how this happened this afternoon. could you hear this rock slide unfolding? >> caller: no, we couldn't really hear the rock slide unfold, but we heard the road was blocked. my roommate tried to go down the driveway and was turned around. and it was some trees and rubble that was covering the road. and by 2:00 something this afternoon, it was just this mass that you see now on your -- from your helicopters. it's quite -- it's big. >> patty, let me ask you to turn down your tv or anything you have like that, because we're getting some feedback. tell me, is this the main road that you go in and out of scott's valley, because your home is west of 17, is that correct? >> reporter: yes, it is west. and i don't have any power, and only thing i have is a direct wall line, so i don't know where the interference is coming from. >> okay. is this th
been raising funds since march 11th, the day of the earthquake. the giants contacted us within hours and asked how they could help. they're allowing us to have over 100 volunteers here to help today. >> people still really need it badly in that area. the overall need is great for every day supplies to keep people going. this money, it goes directly to those people. >> 100% of the money will go directly to citizen relief efforts in japan right now. even though a lot is off the regular news, people are suffering. children are suffering. and we just want to help us as quickly as we can. >> you said now, it's now weeks after and some of the initial shock is gone, but from being in contact with people, it's now this post stress of how do i live my life. how do i get through another day? >> i think the realization of losing everything has finally set in after the initial shock of dealing with traumatic devastation. a lot of post-traumatic stress disorderer. a lot of mental health counseling issues with children that lost their parents. the need is tremendous and will continue to go on. >>
. our cheryl hurd joining us from campus live at the scene with the very latest. cheryl. >> reporter: that day of action taking place all day long here at uc-berkeley campus and ending here at wheeler hall tonight. at about 10:00 tonight, police telling protesters inside the j to vacate the building. about a dozen people stayed behind. several people did leave. but as you can see, one by one, they were arrested. some of them chanting, "no cuts, no fees." others chanting, "we are doing this for your kids." one student telling me tonight why they are here. >> they can raise fees 32% every time an economic crisis happens. those happen every eight years. what's going to happen to our children? that's what this is about. >> reporter: an interesting sidenote to tonight's protests, there are a lot of police presence and sometimes more police than protesters. many of them from san francisco state. some of them from alameda county sheriff's department. others from berkeley campus police. a preemptive strike, they are telling me tonight. they just wanted to make sure that things did not get ou
reservoirs are filling nicely, but for some, maybe even too much. nbc bay area's marianne favro joins us from lexington reservoir near los gatos. for a while, it was drought conditions, that was the big buzz, now the potential for flooding. >> reporter: we've dodged the bullet for now. lexington reservoir is 97% full right now, and it's not the only reservoir that is filling up in fact, in the last two days, the ten reservoirs in the county have seen an additional $2.5 billion gallons of water. the santa clara water district says it's now at 107% of capacity. this is where the extra water goes. >> it's a lot of water. >> reporter: more than fred malts has ever seen here before. a few miles away, lexington reservoir is on the verge of filling up. another reservoir five miles west of morgan hill is already full and filling over. here's a snapshot of five of the ten reservoirs. stevens creek, 87% full. almaden, 75%. chesbro, just over 100%. >> this is really the ideal situation that your reservoirs are as full as you can get them at the end of the rain year. >> reporter: the new totals are dousi
. these new satellite photos give us the clearest view yet of the destruction to the site. there are concerns tonight about a possible breach in the containment vessel at reactor 3. a confirmed breach in reactor 2 is already leaking radiation. and there are new fears that the all-important water cooling the still highly radioactive spent fuel rods at reactor 4 is dangerously low. workers were temporarily evacuated during the night and a water drop by helicopter was aborted after radiation levels briefly surged. tonight officials say they will be running a new power line to the plant that could restore power to the crippled cooling system, potentially a big step forward. but the public no longer knows what to believe. 77-year-old emperor akihito made a rare tv address. [ speaking foreign language ] i am deeply concerned about the nuclear situation because it is so unpredictable, he said. these enormous lines in sendai are people waiting for one bus out of town. near the plant, getting checked for radiation levels now the norm. >> people are worried because we don't really understand radioactiv
you're looking at is the calm before the next storm. jeff ranieri is here with us right now. no snow this time, but rain and serious wind. >> yeah, that's right. wind that could cause power outages and isolated flooding concerns. flooding certainly an issue here on our creeks, rivers and streams when we get these storms moving in and this will be rising the creeks, rivers and lereams to potentially dangerous vels the storm is edging closer, about 125 miles offshore, but the center remains hundreds of miles down here. we are talking about winds that could gust as high as 50 miles per hour and for that, the entire area under a wind advisory. the northeasve south bay and the peninsula, where winds could be sustained at 30 miles per hour, even gusting up to 350 miles per hour at times. 10:00 p.m., the wind starts to develop. by 6:00 a.m., we'll be watching for the potential of isolated flooding. i'll have more on exactly the timing of this whole system coming up in minutes. >>> the fiery images from september 9th of last year are sered into the minds of many in the area. the pipeline exp
♪ >>> this morning on "early today," high alert. the u.s. authorizes american evacuations out of japan as nuclear meltdown fears grow. >>> line of fire, security cameras capture a dramatic shoot-out at a tennessee convenience store. >>> and space odyssey, astronauts unveil the international space station's astronauts unveil the international space station's newest resident. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with exit strategy. as japan's nuclear crisis deepens and reports about the status of one of its crippled nuclear plants differ, the united states has authorized the first evacuation of americans out of japan. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with the latest on this. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: lynn, good morning. good morning, everybody. we learned overnight that these will be voluntary evacuations, even though the airports have reopened, commercial flights are available, the u.s. state department will be organiz
of the greatest u.s. disasters of : discovered photos show one of the greatest u.s. disasters of : the early 20th century in color. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> hello and good morning. welcome to our viewers across the nation including the pacific time zone. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with out maneuvered. the three-week standoff in wisconsin over a measure that would deal a huge blow to public unions has come to an abrupt end after a stunning move by republicans. until yesterday, republicans state senators couldn't pass governor scott walker's proposal because under the rules they were just one democrat short for the vote to happen. that's because all 14 minority democrats had fled the state in order to prevent a vote on the measure which would strip nearly all collective bargaining rights from public union workers. but on wednesday, republicans managed to push the plan through by resorting to a procedural maneuver that removed parts of the proposal related to nonspending measures. using that tactic, republicans contend the vote could take place without the missing democr
's left at least one person dead. the weather channel's julie martin is covering it all for us tonight. >> reporter: at least three tornados ripped through an area 50 miles west of baton rouge, louisiana, saturday morning, injuring 12 and killing one. 60 homes were destroyed. in crowley, three high school students suffered minor injuries at a waffle house when a window was blown out by the tornado. but the most serious damage was in rayne. >> down the street over there, there's a house that has something that went through the roof it looks like. and o'reilly's, their roof is almost completely gone. the windows are shattered. >> they suffered extensive damage to the northern part of their town. >> reporter: police evacuated thousands due to ruptured gas pipes. >> there's a number of houses and businesses that are downed and/or damaged. >> reporter: tornado watches were in effect in louisiana, mississippi and alabama throughout much of the afternoon. in new orleans, two inches of rain fell in just one hour, forcing the cancellations of some mardi gras festivities. in the midwest, more ra
on libya. u.s., french forces, fighting to overthrow moammar gadhafi. president obama insist the attacks only follow gadhafi's refusal to end his assault as the united nation demanded. >> we are answering the call of a threatened people and acting in the interest of the united states and the world. >> we have every reason to fear that, left unchecked, gadhafi will commit unspeakable atrocities. >> this morning, the very latest on the military campaign. its goal and its limits, including the president's order that no u.s. ground troops be committed. with us, chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admirabmiral m mullen. >>> then reaction from capitol hill. is libya a threat to the united states? is it too late for military action to make a difference? and should the president have sought congressional authority? with us chairman of the senate armed services committee, carl levin and john kerry of massachusetts and republican member of the armed services committee, senator jeff sessions of alabama. >>> finally, our roundtable assesses the president's leadership. as he manages a crisis in th
choppers started dumping sea water on reactors. in washington, u.s. officials are now warning that one, if not two, of those plants may be on the verge of spewing more radioactive material. and those fears are prompting a mass exodus from tokyo tonight. with the obama administration authorizing the first evacuations of americans. among those, nbc's chris jansing who talked with us minutes ago from the airport in tokyo. >> reporter: it's going to be interesting to see what the reaction of the japanese people is when they hear this news because america is the strongest ally. and i think for them to say that their people need to leave the dependence of their embassy personnel said that there's a recognition that there is some danger here. >> nbc's lester holt now with the latest on the frantic effort to stop that nuclear crisis. >> reporter: there are concerns tonight about a possible breach in the containment vessel at reactor 3. a confirmed breach in reactor 2 is already leaking radiation. and there are new fears at the all-important water cooling the still highly radioactive spent fuel
. >> u.s. experts believe it could be weeks before the emergency is resolved, and americans are being urged to flee a 50 mile area around the plant. on our shores, radiation monitoring has been stepped up on the west coast as a precaution. >> we do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the west coast, alaska, hawaii or u.s. territories in the pacific. >> we have seen no radiation, by the way, even on incoming cargo or passengers that comes close to reaching a harmful level. >> in tokyo, experts say radiation levels are below harmful levels, but anxiety is on the rise. and the pentagon is organizing a voluntary evacuation of american military families and citizens who want to get out. >> now, there is a lot of american expertise with regard to nuclear energy that's being called upon to help in japan. tonight we've learned of another american resource that's being looked into, the super soaker, the converted 747 used to drop huge amounts of water on wildfires. we talked with the company that runs it tonight and they say they're in talks with what role they could play. they lik
mother. but tillman cannot afford to bring her home and he needs help. his daughter, lynn, is a u.s. citizen born in santa cruz just before her parents divorced. >> she's a really good kid, you know. and i know just by talking to her and hearing her voice, i can tell she's scared. >> tillman has been in touch with his daughter by phone. his ex-wife plans to remain in japan to tend to her family there. >>> now, the death toll from japan's earthquake and tsunami rose today to almost 8500 people. another 13,000 are missing. the death toll is expected to climb as rescue workers discover more bodies. but at the same time, there are remarkable stories of survival. today an 80-year-old woman and her 16-year-old grandson were rescued. the two were trapped in their kitchen and survived by eating the food that happened to be left in their refrigerator. meanwhile, the number three reactor at the crippled fukushima power plant is stable again tonight after an unexpected rise in pressure this morning. radiation from the plant is showing up in more food, but reaction from shoppers is mixed. >> i
that the use of force is not our first choice. and is not a choice that i make lightly. >> left with no other choice, the u.s. enters a new military campaign in the middle east. the news starts now. >>> good evening. i'm marla tellez in for diane dwyer. winter weather hanging on. we're watching another major storm move in right now, promising to pack a serious one-two punch of rain and winds. meteorologist nick o'kelley is tracking the storm, and how long it will linger. but first, kimberly tere joins us live in san jose. >> reporter: we've seen steady rain all day today, marla. take a look at the water here draining onto the street. and as forecasted, the winds really did seem to pick up right at 9:00. and are very strong. mother nature really putting on a show here. and causing some ruckus. california highway patrol is keeping busy. officers say this car was going too fast for weather conditions and ended up in a ditch in san jose. there were no injuries. but chp is urging drivers to slow down on these slick roads. there have been multiple spinouts and issues with debris on the roadways. in
conducted the investigations and arrests. on the tapes, these officers appear to be using a master key to enter rooms during a drug investigation at the henry hotel. but in the police reports, the officers claim to have knocked and gotten verbal permission to enter. >> an organization as large as the sfpd, i think it would be unreasonable for the chief of police to be unaware of eventing happening in the city. i think i have to be judged by what were the actions i took when i found misconduct -- >> reporter: the interim chief says that one supervisor are on leave and all officers will be retrained. >> if i find out the policies and procedures that have been broken, people will be held accountable. if i find out they need to be changed, they will be made. >> reporter: he expeblgts more cases to be thrown out. now, he says that gascone, who used to be the police chief before he became district attorney just a few months ago, is making the right moves here. he says there's absolutely no way that he could actually prosecute these cases successfully with so many questions surrounding how th
tomorrow. i'm lester holt reporting from new york. for all of us here at nbc news, new york. for all of us here at nbc news, good night. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> good evening. i'm marla tellez. it is the first day of spring, but definitely does not look like it outside. powerful winds and lots of rain causing all sorts of problems all across the bay area. from downed signs in san francisco to toppled trees. and thousands of people remain without power tonight. let's get right to meteorologist nick o'kelly f a look at the wild forecast. >> used to t t utohe the masigei like that a the storms movov roughthhe bay. t here's a look at dabar doppler. as we seeee things settle down ju a bit. scat red showershocros t east bay and central cvalley. the flood watch for parts of the sacramento river delta and into the napa area, still looking at rivers and streams possibly getting up near the flood stage. most of the action has shifted down to our south and in a big way. highway 1, 101 down towards san luis obispo. gjungjutiet pndtied by that subtropical moisture. we'r
for taking the time to talk with us. the most important, the student's condition. what is it? >> caller: at the present time, we're very pleased and very blessed to say, based on information that we have from the hospital, that there were no severe injuries the young man has suffered and it does not appear -- right now, you have no idea about any long term prognosis. right now, it looks like minor injuries at the most. but they are still -- they are still working on it there at the hospital, as i understand. >> glad to hear he's doing well. can you tell us if they were on a field trip near fort point, how did he come to climb? did he climb up to that section of the bridge or what is your understanding of what happened? >> caller: no. actually, they were walking out on the bridge. this is a wonderful part of our huh pan humanities program, the required literature and history and social science with philosophy and sociology and things like this. they were on a field trip and the first thing they do on the way to the museum is they will stop and walk on the golden gate bridge. that is quit
attacks sale of medical marijuana. kris sanchez joins us live. you were at a training session. what were some of the questions? >> there were a lot of hands in the air asking questions. lodgist cal type questions. there were also a lot of questions about whether the tax will lead to legitimacy for pot businesses in this city. >> how to pay taxes? how are we keeping tracking? >> the owner of the 408 collective says that talking business with the city of san jose is a bit ironic. >> they're telg us it's illegal to operate, but pay us while you operate. >> in november, voters passed the pot tax and now, barbah and all others on are the hook for 7% of the money. that's a cause he says he'll pass on. >> i don't think it's fair to the patients. i'm not the one paying it. so that's not fair to my patients. >> another operator hopes that paying taxes is the true -- where selling marijuana is still illegal. >> the city needs to protect us. you're allowed to be here in the city, we're allowing you to conduct business then tax us. >> but whether or not the city considers the dispensaries legal does
's begin with george who joins us from tokyo via skype. like millions of japanese residents, you, too, are waking up to a brand new day filled with brand new hurdles. take us inside here and tell us what the pulse of that city is now. >> you said it. it is a brand new day here. i think this day started last night. we got a good feeling for what's going on here in tokyo as we've seen many who live here as well as tourists trying to leave the city and though they're hearing the levels of radiation, they're not taking chances and are fleeing tokyo while they can, including one man from san francisco who we met at the train station. >> with the threat of radiation increasing in tokyo, many who live here have already made up their minds on what they're going to do. get out now. count this tokyo native in that crowd. >> i never expeerntsed such a thing, so i don't know what to do. i just don't know. there's long line at the store right now. i think the you know, like the panic's starting. >> there were long lines at the tokyo train station with many people wearing masks. she said she will b
things at the funerals of u.s. military. is that free speech? there was a big supreme court ruling today. >>> fighting back. gadhafi's fierce new pushback against his own people. as other dictators fall, how does he survive? >>> whose side are you on in the showdown over unions and collective bargaining? tonight we'll show you what people say in our new poll. >>> the secret lives of animals. did you ever wonder what they're all up to when nobody's watching? now we know. >>> and the surprise appearance today to unveil the next big thing. today to unveil the next big thing. "nightly news" begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> good evening. they go to the funerals of americans who have been killed in action in iraq and afghanistan and they hold up signs saying things like, "thank god for dead soldiers," "god hates you," and "it's too late to pray," and they do this in the name of religion. of course, what they do is an insult to religion. they are the members of the westboro baptist church in kansas and they are the last thing a grief-stricken parent wants to see, bu
these neighbors closer together. living in the mountains, they're used to being resilient. and they say they're okay, holding tight for now. they just hope this hillside will also hold tight. well fortunately no one was hurt in the slide. the public utilities director for santa cruz county tells me that the upper portion of the slide is not stable, and that's what they're really concerned about right now. i have to tell you, even while we were out shooting video, some smaller rocks started to come down. so this is a very fluid situation. reporting live from scots valley, marianne favro, nbc bay area news. >> all right, marianne, thank you for that update. >>> all the rain might cause a lot of people headaches, but for some, it's pure gold. rainy season is busy season. at golden west auto body in san jose, rain increases business by about 30%. slick roadways and the recent time change means a lot of fender-benders out on the roads. working in wet weather is not ideal, but the owner says it's nice to help his customers. >> i like to think of it as i'm getting people back on the road. they got
refinery, was still burning today. the u.s. geological survey says japan's main islands has shifted eight feet as a result of the quake. there have been at least 125 powerful aftershocks in the last 24 hours. even before today's explosion at a nuclear power plant, the authorities had declared a state of emergency at five nuclear reactors and warned a meltdown. thousands have been evacuated from their homes nearby. and officials had insisted that while there would be radiation leaks it would be small. scores of countries have offered assistance, including the u.s., which has almost 50,000 troops stationed in japan, amy. >> i understand you traveled about two hours north before you had to turn back. what were your impressions as you tried to make it to the e epicent epicenter? >> well, there has been an awful lot of disruption to transport here and to the infrastructure. it's been taking 16 hours for people to reach even close to the area of the earthquake and the tsunami. that's partly because there is so much traffic on the road and partly because of the destruction to the highway. even c
>>> on the broadcast here tonight, make get case for u.s. military action in libya. tonight the president addresses the nation as the rebels make their biggest push yet into gadhafi territory. >>> radiation continues to turn up in trace amounts here, and of course it's a full-blown crisis in japan. >>> walmart and women. a case hded to the supreme court this week that could impact all women in the u.s. workforce. >>> and making a difference so kids of active duty americans don't have to put their favorite sport on ice. "nightly news" begins now. >>> good evening. president obama addressed the nation tonight, a speech delivered before a live audience. as the associated press put it, defending the first war launched on his watch. the president said the u.s. acted by launching those air strikes nine days ago to prevent a massacre of the libyan people by moammar gadhafi. he said gadhafi is not a target and that the u.s. is acting as part of this coalition to protect civilians. he talked about the uses and limits of military power while he is president and said there will be time
, now there's a full scale nuclear scare, and it's deepening. tonight the u.s. is being asked for more help. our team is on the ground and our coverage begins now. captions paid for by nbc-universal television >>> a special good evening to our viewers out west tonight. we have all the very latest for you on the disaster in japan. it started with a freak of nature, the fifth largest earthquake ever recorded on the planet, but then right then as the rubble settled and the buildings stopped swaying, the water came ashore. the tsunami in japan killed thousands. in some parts of some towns, there's no remaining evidence that anyone ever lived there. and now tonight the crisis has taken yet another turn, and we are covering a full-blown nuclear scare in japan. there are 17 nuclear power plants across japan, 54 nuclear reactors, but one plant in particular is in trouble. it's the fukushima plant, and if you've seen the pictures of it over this past weekend, there was one explosion in one building on saturday, another just yesterday and now a third reactor is in trouble at that same facility.
to the governor. outside the wisconsin state capitol this morning, protesters tried to get in. >> let us in! >> reporter: inside protesters blocking access to the state assembly chamber were forcibly taken out. cc >> i'm asking you please to get: up and walk out. >> no! >> reporter: because last night senate republicans took what many are calling the nuclear option, passing legislation to strip public workers of many of their collective bargaining rights. >> this is clearly a violation of the open meetings law. >> reporter: the legislative fight that has roiled for four weeks was over in barely 30 minutes. republicans used an unusual parliamentary maneuver to separate the measure from the spending provision. that allowed them to pass the legislation without any of the : senate democrats, who had blocked a vote by fleeing the state. after the vote, senate republicans needed a police escort to leave the building as protesters called after them. today the acrimony continued in the assembly. >> this is wrong!cc1: >> reporter: republican governor scott walker said the collective bargaining limit
that go into automobiles and high-tech goods come from japan, are put into u.s. products and then shipped globally. the second aspect is the financial aspect. japan is a major buyer of u.s. financial assets, particularly u.s. treasuries, and they are a major capital exporter. so, what has bothered people recently is that japan's semiconductor production has been hit as well as their willingness to finance global investment. they've pulled back. a lot of that money is coming back into japan. it strengthened the yen relative to the dollar, but it also has a bias on interest rates. >> explain that to me. i wrote that down. the yen rose to new highs as economists expected funds to be repatriated. so, the yen comes back to japan, and what happens to the currency? >> well, the currency will appreciate because japan is an excess supplier of capital. they save a lot of money. the united states doesn't save a lot of money. >> right. >> so, their savings come to us, but what -- >> they have nothing they can do with their money other than -- they have enough money coming in that they literally then
, apirports are closed. military units are getting in. the u.s. is supplying help. two warships are on the way with aid. this is going to be a long, long effort. on top of that, there's news of a nuclear power leak. we've been talking about the last several hours about shortly after the earthquake, there was an explosion that damaged the buildings around one of the reactors. there was a radiation leak. they evacuated a region around that area by about 12 miles. people were undergoing radiation testing. now there's late word that there is a second emergency at a second reactor. still at that same complex. once again, it has something to do with the cooling units that are malfunctioning. there's no word yet on just how or if that is going to affect the evacuations already under way for that part of japan. just another obstacle that relief agencies and workers are trying to get up to that region are going to have to deal with. that's the latest from tokyo. >> the blast at the nuclear power plant is putting the whole world on edge. here at home, bay area engineers are also watching the situation.
the u.s. is not trying to kill gadhafi, operation odyssey dawn appears to have hit close to home for the libyan leader. nbc news has learned that english forces conducted a strike on his compound. it was not known where gadhafi was at the time, but according to the "new york times," journalists did not report any casualties. meanwhile robert gates says that the u.s. expects to hand over control of the mission to a coalition in a matter of days. that coalition will probably be headed either by the french or english or by nato. for more information on the operation, we go to nbc's brian mooar. >> reporter: with a second day ç of fighter jet attacks and missile strikes, european and american forces have blinded moammar gadhafi's air defenses, crippled his air force and now are threatening to pound his army into submission. >> we judge these strikes to have been very effective and significantly degrading the regime's air defense capability. >> reporter: the libyan leader threatened a long, bitter fight. hours later, he declared the second cease fire in less than a week. in brazil, p
has more coming up at 6:00. >>> now to a story affecting so many of us, even people with hybrids are starting to notice the difference. in california, the average price per gallon is now $3.90. though we've seen several stations topping the $4 mark. now, the white house is thinking about stepping in. scott budman is with us from our news room and seems like every day you go to the pump and there's a 5 cent difference. >> and everyone is feeling it. the average cost of a gallon of gas now pushing up towards $4. san francisco bay highest, $3.94 a gallon. prere is concern these high ic es will slow what had been a steady recovery. now, the white house is consider taking action. >> these days, paying at the pump means pain at the pump. for weeks, gas prices have been steadily climbing with no end in sight. the national average now at $3.50 a gallon. in the bay area, it's much higher. in fact, prices have spiked 15 cents in the last week, nearly 40 cents in a month. it's a rip off. i have to spend $65 to fill up my car and it only lasts a week. >> not since katrina have we seen prices
million of the project comes to us thanks to congressional earmarks. alexander's sitters served four years of probation for letting the toddler wander away from her. he would have been 8 years old, but the little boy had left behind somewhat of a legacy, one that would allow other to cross the tracks safely. >> that's going to be awesome. especially like you say, we're in the going to be in danger anymore. >> reporter: and in the last 45 minutes alone, i've seen more than two dozen people crossing these tracks, again, illegally. most of them are teenagers. that's because their only option is a crossing about a quarter of a mile from here. they say they're not going to do that. >> that is so dangerous. thank you very much. >>> a major milestone in the construction of the bay bridge's eastern span. crews finished hoisting the fourth segment of the tower today. a move that puts them a little ahead of schedule. the installation has going on since monday and was finished early this morning. it will connect the four tower lengths. the entire project is expected to be finished by september 2013.
church. i'm raj mathai. >> cheryl, tell us what is happening there. >> reporter: police just left the scene but parishioners are still here in richmond. the pastor was arrested along with his elderly mother and his wife. no official word from police, but they tell me that the church is in foreclosure and the pastor and his family arrested because they refused to leave today. all three people were handcuffed. the pastor's wife was taken away in handcuffs about a block away in an awaiting patty wagon. >> this is what they call the iron triangle. the highest drug place we've got and we've got one of the churches, leaders, trying to do something and they are trying to get rid of him. what would you think about that? that's not right. >> reporter: parishioners are very upset awaiting in front of the church. that same car has the pastor and his mother inside. one man was picked up in handcuffs, as you can see, and carried away. the foreclosure situation has been heating up for several weeks now. the church pastor believes he's the victim of predatory loan and because of the services tha
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